From sustainable farming practices to energy conservation, SMBSC is steadfast in its commitment to make careful use of the natural and energy resources it depends on to grow and process sugarbeets.
From field to final product, SMBSC dedicates significant resources and conducts extensive research to ensure we are careful stewards of the environment. Our cooperative has made great strides in protecting soil and water quality, improving energy efficiency and reducing fertilizer usage.
And we keep working to improve. We remain ever diligent and committed to protecting and preserving what matters most – a healthy and sustainable natural environment.
SMBSC dedicates significant resources and conducts extensive research to ensure we are careful stewards of the environment.
SMBSC maintains records of how our sugarbeet crop is grown to better understand what works best in our growing areas to best use our natural resources. Our Ag Practice Database allows growers to voluntarily provide information about their agronomic practices, including fertilizer management, cover crop benefits, and soil tillage methods. This information is combined and summarized annually for the best agronomic practices and then reported to the growers so they can adjust as they determine necessary for the next sugarbeet crop.
SMBSC employs a team of six full-time employees to conduct agronomic research focused on improving the efficiency and sustainability of our growers’ agricultural practices. This internationally recognized team studies seed varieties, weed and disease management, fertility management, harvest, and storage techniques. This works to ensure our growers have access to the latest and most comprehensive sugar beet research.